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Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
Saturday March 4th, 2017 :: 03:00 p.m. EST


COLD CASE: Elizabeth and John Calvert (2008)

Elizabeth and John Calvert (2008)

On 03-04-2008, David White, brother of Elizabeth Calvert, reported that she and John Calvert had not been heard from since March 3rd.  It was learned, the Calvert’s were scheduled to have a meeting with their accountant (Dennis Gerwing) the previous day in Sea Pines Center on Hilton Head Island.  Witnesses revealed Elizabeth Calvert suspected Gerwing had been embezzling money from the couple’s business interests and she and John Calvert were going to confront him. 

Gerwing was interviewed and confirmed the Calvert’s had met with him on March 3rd   at approximately 5:30pm.  He further advised when the meeting was over the Calvert’s left to go to dinner.  Gerwing reported no hostility during the meeting.  A closer look at Gerwing’s story revealed major inconsistencies and substantiated suspicion of his involvement in the disappearance of the Calvert’s. 

On the night the Calvert’s disappeared, Gerwing suffered a laceration to his right hand, bought bandages and latex gloves at CVS and purchased three commercial grade (9’x12’) drop cloths.
Dennis Gerwing committed suicide on March 11th and admitted to the embezzlement in a note he left.  There was no admission or denial of his involvement in the disappearance of the Calvert’s in his note. 

There are still no signs of Elizabeth and John Calvert.  Please see the attached link for a more comprehensive narrative.


A Reward of Up to $2500 is offered for information leading to an arrest in any Beaufort County Cold Case.


During some Criminal Investigations, investigators might exhaust all credible leads in a case. When this happens, the case can become stagnant or what is typically known as “Cold”.

We are making theses Cold Case Files accessible to the public in hopes that someone might come forward with information that may not have yet been uncovered.

No matter how insignificant it may seem, any information offered in reference to a Cold Case could prove to be the missing link needed to solve the case.

If you have any information regarding this Unsolved Cold Case, you may contact Captain Bob Bromage at (843) 255- 3402, (843) 816-8013 or or Crimestoppers. 


To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 
1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372)
Or text the word TIPSC with a message to
CRIMES (274637).

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
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Beaufort, SC 29902

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